Using Facebook, Google or other Social Login Services

Summary

This article contains information regarding securing your account on social login services, such as Facebook or Google.

 

Content

By now, almost all of us have done this - When trying to access a new service, you are given the option to create another account in the new service/website or login using your Facebook, Google or other social account.  Why create another account with yet another username and password to remember?  This is much easier!

From a usability perspective, this is certainly an easier and quicker option, and a big "security plus" is that you don't need to worry about your password getting hacked in the new service since the new service doesn't have access to or store your password.

However, you should consider how secure your Facebook, Google or other social media account is before tying it to other accounts.  If your (i.e.) Facebook account isn't properly secured, then you are increasing your exposure if hacked by tying other accounts to it.

Key considerations:

  • Is my password complex?  if the answer is no, change it and make it complex.
  • Do I use the same email address and password to login elsewhere?  This is a big "security no-no".  Use your personal email account and change your password before tying the same credentials to another account!  (And remember, using your USNH accounts is against USNH security policy.)
  • Do I have two-factor authentication enabled?  Enabling a second authentication factor (i.e. one-time numerical tokens on a smart phone) reduces risk and prevents a hacker from accessing your account even if they know your password. Enable two factor authentication on popular sites.

Facebook, Google and many other services let you require two-factor authentication to sign in to your account from unverified computers or devices.  If someone logs into your account with the correct password but from an unverified computer or device, a code is sent to your mobile phone.  This code must be provided to gain access to your account.  This prevents a hacker that knows your password from gaining access.

Beyond security, you should also consider privacy when using social logins. While you will not be sharing your password with a service you login to using Facebook, Google, etc., you will be sharing parts of your social identity. Make sure you read the fine print and are aware of the access you are providing to the new service.

 

Further Readings

How to Enable Two Factor Authentication on Popular Sites 

 

Need additional help?

Visit the Technology Help Desk Support page to locate your local campus contact information or to submit an online technology support request.  For password issues you must call or visit the Help Desk in person.  

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Article ID: 1244
Created
Fri 7/19/19 5:56 PM
Modified
Thu 5/30/24 11:17 AM